Dining

Arctic Cafe

Arctic Café

Open daily

Arctic Café

Open daily

This cafeteria-style restaurant is the first of its kind across the country in a zoo or aquarium setting that is Green Certified by the Green Restaurant Association. The Café earned this distinction for its eco-friendly practices which include cutlery made from potato starch and soybean oil, touchless sensor faucets, increased recycling options, and a programmable thermostat. As the Zoo’s main restaurant, this location offers an expanded menu including hot soup, deli salads and sandwiches, traditional grill favorites, pizza, hand-breaded chicken tenders, a made-to-order salad bar and several vegetarian and gluten-free options.

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company Guest Window

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co.

Open daily

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co.

Open daily

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. is now brewing inside the Detroit Zoo. In addition to their signature espresso drinks, the coffee company is introducing its frozen cappuccino, the Polar Cap. This Detroit Zoo exclusive is brewed fresh and available for purchase in 12-oz. bags.

Buddy's Pizza building exterior and sign

Buddy’s Pizza

Open daily

Buddy’s Pizza

Open daily

This 5,200-square-foot eatery is serving up a variety of its iconic Detroit-style square pizzas, along with gluten-free pizza, antipasto salad, Buddy Brew and other cold beverages. It seats 163 guests and offers picturesque views of the Zoo’s historic Rackham Fountain from the dining room, an outdoor patio and a rooftop terrace that boasts the highest vantage point in the Zoo. Buddy’s is also yet another example of the Detroit Zoological Society’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Learn more: https://detroitzoo.org/press-release/buddys-pizza-to-open-at-the-detroit-zoo/

Hamburger stand

Wild Burger Detroit

Open daily

Wild Burger Detroit

Open daily

Similar to the Arctic Café, this location features gourmet Angus beef burgers, turkey burgers and veggie burgers. Wild Burger Detroit is located in the back of the Zoo across from the Africa Train Station.

American Coney Island at the Detroit Zoo

American Coney Island

Open daily

American Coney Island

Open daily

This favorite with native Detroiters and visitors alike is located across from Rackham Fountain. The café serves chili cheese fries, gyros and Greek salads as well as draft Michigan beer.

Pure Greens

Pure Greens

Open daily

Pure Greens

Open daily

Pure Greens offers a 100 percent vegan menu.  The eatery is located near the Arctic Café and Carousel.

 

Ice cream stand

Mitten Market Snack Shop

Open daily

Mitten Market Snack Shop

Open daily

Cool down and satisfy your sweet tooth at this location with ice cream and Icees. Hand-poured funnel cakes are also available at this stand, located across from the bear dens at the west end of the Arctic Ring of Life.

 

Detroit Popcorn

Detroit Popcorn

Closed

Detroit Popcorn

Closed

Located behind the National Amphibian Conservation Center near the playgrounds, this snack stop carries specialty popcorn as well as ice-cold soft drinks, funnel fries, dippin’ dots and pretzel bites.

Detroit Zoo - Dippin' Dots

Dippin’ Dots

Open daily

Dippin’ Dots

Open daily

Taste this flash-frozen ice cream sensation in four convenient locations: next to the Polk Penguin Conservation Center (Picnic Grove), by the Rackham Fountain, next to the Arctic Outpost gift shop, and next to the snow monkey habitat.

Ice cream stand

Prairie Farms Sweet Treats

Open daily

Prairie Farms Sweet Treats

Open daily

This eatery features hand-dipped premium ice cream cones, milkshakes and floats.

 

 

Broadwalk Station

Boardwalk Station

Open daily

Boardwalk Station

Open daily

Located along the main pathway between the river otters and the Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Boardwalk Station offers soft pretzels, bacon-and-cheese fries, soft-serve ice cream, floats and more!